Tuesday, November 17, 2009

an artists' house

"I want to make it really an artists’ house – not precious, on the contrary nothing precious, but everything from the chairs to the pictures having character. "

Vincent Van Gogh in a letter to his brother Theo
About his Yellow house
September 9, 1888, Arles

My sister found this quotation while flipping through books at a store.  She's just in the process of setting up a new house.  She calls it the Empress Yellow Cottage, inspired by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, who also lived in a yellow house (though hers was a palace, not a cottage).  An empress and an artist -- my sister and her new yellow house are in auspicious company.  Her home will never be precious or trite.  She ties twigs around lamps and rescues battered chairs.  If that doesn't amount to character, what does?

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